June 24, 2016

How to “Be the Change”

“Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.” This statement is the first of thirty human relations principles Dale Carnegie offered in his iconic book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Can you imagine what our world would look like if we could nail the execution of this? And when I say world, I mean our world: our homes, our families, our churches, our communities, our companies. Over the years facilitating dialogue about this principle, there tends […]
May 11, 2016

Quitting Your Job

“I need to quit my job.” I vividly remember the day I mustered up the courage to utter those simple words out loud to my husband. He was not impressed. At the time, I was making an income more than double what we’d made together while working in a much larger town with many more vocational options. We were scared. We were uncertain. Yet I knew it was the right thing to do. (I’m still […]
April 25, 2016

The Truth Behind Chasing Your Dreams – #DesignCon16

I never know what to get my mom for Christmas. She’s one of those women who generally buys what she needs and for that matter, anything she might possibly want when she needs and/or wants it. She doesn’t have to wait around for a special occasion. This fall, my parents are building a home. They will be leaving the farm-site where they started their life together nearly forty-three years ago. My childhood home will belong […]
April 19, 2016

Accepting Constructive Criticism

On a scale of 1-10, how coachable are you? At first glance, it may seem this isn’t a question the average person would answer. And maybe if you have no desire to get better at what you do that’s true. If that’s the case, stop reading right now. This article is not meant for you. If you’re a person who strives to get better, who wants to hone your craft or become the best in […]